AP CM likely to visit Delhi over gas quota issue

AP CM is likely to visit Delhi on Tuesday to seek the intervention of over the Centre`s decision to reduce the gas quota to gas-based power projects.

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is likely to visit Delhi on Tuesday to seek the intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the Centre`s decision to reduce the quota of gas to gas-based power projects in the state.

The Chief Minister may lead a delegation of Union Ministers and MPs from the state to request the Prime Minister for adequate supply of gas, official sources said here on Monday.

"During the meeting, the Chief Minister will request the Prime Minister to cancel the diversion of gas to Ratnagiri power plant. He will also impress upon the PM to supply additional gas to the state to overcome the present power shortage," sources said.

The CMO has sought an appointment with the PM on Tuesday.

Reddy has addressed a second letter to the Prime Minister requesting that the diversion of gas to Ratnagiri plant in Maharashtra be cancelled, they said.
The Chief Minister held a high-level meeting today with top officials and reviewed the status of power generation, gas supply, orders of diversion of gas to Ratnagiri plant by the Ministry of Petroleum, they said.
The Centre had issued an order on August 1 that two million metric standard cubic meters per day (MMSCMD) of gas be diverted from the Krishna-Godavari Basin to Ratnagiri.

Already starved of gas for its power plants that have been working with a plant load factor of only 30 per cent, Andhra Pradesh would now get only 1.48 MMSCMD of gas from Reliance`s D6 wells.

Meanwhile, main opposition Telugu Desam stepped up
attack on Congress governments at the Centre and in Andhra Pradesh for the reduction in gas quota.

Hitting out at Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy, TDP Parliamentary Party leader Nama Nageswara Rao charged that he has failed to protect the interests of the state.

"How can he wash off his hands saying he had no role in the gas being diverted? If you say I am not concerned with it, you better quit. He should be able to get the gas for AP or quit," the TDP leader alleged.

CPI state Secretary K Narayana demanded that the Chief Minister lead an all-party delegation to Delhi on the gas issue.